Last night I headed to
the Horshoe Tavern some shitty dive to check out Los Campesino’s!. I found out about them when one of our pleasant and surprisingly bright editors included them in his Power Rankings. The first thing about the show that was really refreshing was that it was free. That’s right, which left more clams for refreshing beverages. The band was young, energetic and extremely appreciative that they were in Toronto and newly signed by Arts and Crafts, who have released discs for a veritable who’s who of Canadian talent including Broken Social Scene, Stars and Feist. I was very pleasantly surprised by the show. The sound is not like anything else out there. Los Campesino’s are 7 members strong, rocking two guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, violin and xylophone. The vocals harmonies blend nicely with the chilling violin and rifftacular guitar, no one instrument ever overpowering the whole. For a very young band they had terrific stage presence and I predict that they will be using it to induce good natured foot tapping and head bopping for year to come.